Laura Nix is an independent filmmaker committed to exploring provocative characters and subject matter. She directed the documentary The Light in Her Eyes about a Syrian Quran school for women, which premiered at IDFA in 2011. Called “a remarkable documentary” by the Huffington Post, it was broadcast on PBS’ documentary series “POV” and toured the world as part of Sundance’s Film Forward program. Nix directed the critically acclaimed fiction featurerThe Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 festivals internationally and won multiple awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. She also directed the documentary Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig for New Line Cinema. Nix co-wrote the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. Her nonfiction television work has appeared on HBO, IFC, Planet Green and the History Channel. She received a master’s in fine arts in visual arts from University of California San Diego and has spoken about filmmaking at numerous events and universities, including IDFA, Harvard University and panels for the International Documentary Association.